Pittsburg State University has successfully undergone a major institutional review by its regional accrediting body, the Higher Learning Commission (HLC).

HLC, one of six regional accrediting bodies recognized by the U.S. Department of Education, is responsible for accrediting post-secondary educational institutions throughout the Midwest and requires a major review of each member institution twice during every 10-year period.

“It’s an extensive review,” said Jan Smith, assistant vice president for Institutional Effectiveness. “A review team looks at our entire operation to evaluate us against five criteria, including mission, integrity, academic and co-curricular offerings, governance, finances and resources.”

Results from the recent review confirm that Pittsburg State meets all of HLC’s criteria. These findings are an endorsement of Pittsburg State’s commitment to quality education and continuous improvement.

HLC recently changed its review process to make it more meaningful and less burdensome. The new process relies more heavily on existing documentation. The result is a review that is more efficient and, in some respects, more meaningful for institutions.